NHRC issues notice to TN govt on self-immolation incident

NHRC issues notice to TN govt on self-immolation incident

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice to the Tamil Nadu government seeking a report in connection with a self-immolation incident in Tirunelveli district.

A labourer had set himself, his wife and two daughters ablaze due to constant harassment by a local moneylender.

The commission, taking cognisance of a complaint, observed: "It is not only shocking but also displays total lack of responsibilities on part of the police and the other officials concerned."

"...In many parts of the state, usurious interest rate is being charged by moneylenders and in the event, the borrowers fail to pay the interest, they are physically and mentally harassed", the NHRC said.

"Further, the authorities concerned are not taking appropriate action in the matter, rather people are being harassed by the police in connivance with moneylenders", the commission added.

Pointing out that in the instant case, the victim, Esakkimuthu had submitted petitions to the collector, at the weekly grievance redressal meetings for police intervention in the matter, the NHRC said the local police, instead of taking action, had been harassing the victim's family in connivance with the moneylender.

Taking a serious view of the matter, the commission has issued notices to the chief secretary and director general of police, Tamil Nadu, and the district collector and the superintendent of police, Tirunelveli, to submit a report within four weeks.

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